Pattern by Fiona Duthie -Photos by Nicole Spring
Remember our Living Crafts Knitted Child’s Hat from last year?
Well, the cool weather is upon us again, and just in time, the Living Crafts Knitted Child’s Hat is now also available in sizing for babies- a quick knit and a great gift for the fall and winter babies in our lives.
Our baby hat is soft and warm, covering and protecting our littlest ones’ ears and neck from cold winds and drafts.
Materials: 1 Skein Noro Kochoran yarn, 50% Wool, 30% Angora & 20% Silk
Note –one skein will be enough to knit 2 hats. The Noro Kochoran has a beautiful angora halo when handwashed gently in a mild soap. It also felts only moderately when put through the washing machine and dryer- try going up one size and washing it for an even more warmth and softness!
Needles: size 8 (5mm) Straight and Double Pointed needle sets
Gauge: 14 stitches and 22 rows equals 4 inch square
Instructions given for two sizes: The beautiful baby is pictured here at both 3 months and 6 months, wearing the 3-6 month size.
3-6 months years, measures 14 inches at widest part of head
(6-12 months, shown in parentheses), measures 16 inches at widest part of head
Using straight needles, cast on 28 (32 stitches).
Knit 12 rows garter stitch (knit every row). At the end of last row, turn work and cast on 20 (22) stitches. 48 (54) stitches total.
Evenly divide stitches while transferring onto dpn’s. Turn knitting. Place a marker to show beginning of round.
Purl one round, joining to work in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
Knit one round.
Purl one round
Knit every round until piece measures 4 inches from hat front edge.
(6-12 month size only- K7, K2together, repeat to end. Knit 1 round)
K6, K2together, repeat to end of round. Knit one round.
Repeat these two rounds, knitting one less stitch before the K2together, in each decrease round, up to and including:
K1, K2together, repeat to end of round. Knit one round.
K2together, repeat to end of round. (6 stitches remain)
Note: for a flat topped hat- break yarn, pass yarn end through remaining stitches, pull tight and sew in end yarns.
K2together, repeat to end of round. (3 stitches remain)
Pass stitches onto 1 dpn. Knit 4 rounds I-cord. Break yarn, pass through remaining stitches and sew in end yarns.
Make two cords, each 10 inches long, either by knitting 3 stitch I-cord, braiding or fingerknitting,
Sew one end of each cord to corner of ear cover to make the underchin tie.
Sew in all end yarns, and wrap your baby (or someone else’s!) in some woolly love!
Fiona Duthie is a regular contributor to Living Crafts.
In her studio on Salt Spring Island, BC, she creates in a bountiful beauty of color, wool, and texture, inspired by the natural world. Fiona designs fine feltwork, felting and knitting patterns, gives workshops in natural craft, and runs her hand dyed, artisan fibre company, Kattikloo. You can read more about her fibers, projects and creative living at www.kattikloo.com and on Facebook.